|USS Dixon (AS-37)|
USS Dixon (AS 37)
|Name:||USS Dixon (AS-37)|
|Namesake:||George E. Dixon|
|Ordered:||20 April 1966|
|Builder:||General Dynamics Corp., Fore River Shipyard, Quincy, Massachusetts|
|Laid down:||7 September 1967|
|Launched:||20 June 1970|
|Acquired:||7 May 1971|
|Commissioned:||7 August 1971|
|Decommissioned:||15 December 1995|
|Struck:||18 March 1996|
|Fate:||Disposed of in support of Fleet training exercise, 21 July 2003|
|Class & type:||L. Y. Spear Class Submarine Tender|
|Length:||644 ft (196 m)|
|Beam:||85 ft (26 m)|
|Draft:||57 ft (17 m)|
|Propulsion:||steam turbine engine, 1 propeller|
|Armament:||two 5 inch, four .50 cal. mg|
|Motto:||Ready for Service|
Dixon was laid down by General Dynamics Corp, Fore River Shipyard at Quincy, Massachusetts on 7 September 1967. She was launched on 20 June 1970 and commissioned on 7 August 1971 at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, sponsored by Mrs. Paul Masterson, the wife of retired Vice Adm. Paul Masterson, USN, and commanded by Capt. D.S. Boyd, USN.
On 22 November 1978, two female officers, Ensigns Roberta McIntyre and Macushla Wiedorn, boarded the Dixon as two of the first female officers to serve aboard a U.S. Navy ship. Ensign McIntyre later became the first woman to qualify as a Surface Warfare Officer, and shortly thereafter Ensign McCormick became the second.
Dixon was decommissioned 15 December 1995 and struck 18 March 1996. She was sunk as a target in the Atlantic Ocean during a fleet training exercise 21 July 2003 over 580 km (360 mi) southeast of Charleston, South Carolina (USA) at Coordinates: in a depth of 5130 m (2805 fathoms).
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- Associated Press, Virginia News briefs. The Danville Register. Danville, Virginia. Sunday, 8 August 1971. Page 6.
This article includes information collected from the Naval Vessel Register, which, as a U.S. government publication, is in the public domain.
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